The Prince (technically King) of All Saiyans and one of the last members of his race, he initially comes to Earth to gain immortality from the Dragon Balls, only to be confronted by the Z Fighters. After a grueling battle with Goku, Vegeta continues to try and get stronger, hoping to be able to defeat his fellow Saiyan for humiliating him on Earth. However, though he might not be fond of the idea, Vegeta slowly becomes a close ally of the Z Fighters, even starting a family with Bulma, though currently he still remains an Anti-Villain.
- Abusive Alien Parents: Goku, Chi-Chi, and Piccolo may not have done a great job of raising Gohan, but Vegeta makes them look like "Parents of the Year."
- In Episode 38 alone, he's called Future Trunks a literal bastard, a failure, and a disappointment; twice. In the next episode, he punched Trunks for saying that Goku was stronger than him. The way he behaves, it's as if he's deliberately going out of his way to be a terrible parent to Trunks. Judging from Future Trunks' thoughts about exiting the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and hearing the "first bit of positive reinforcement in over a year" from Goku talking about his hair, said training didn't fix their relationship much either.Vegeta: Wow, you're just the Grand Central Station of disappointment, aren't you?
- He isn't much nicer to the present-day version of his son either, flat out telling Baby Trunks that he values the Saiyan armor Bulma made more than him. Piccolo claims, and Bulma implicitly admits, him having no interest in raising his son in any way is for the best.
- In the Broly special, his very first decree as King is that his son will be referred to as "Princess Trunks.", and laughs maniacally when Trunks reacts in anguish.
- To whit, he even offhandedly refers to Trunks as a "filthy halfling" in the most insulting compliment of all time. Comparing Trunks favorably to Broly is still stellar parenting by Vegeta standards. This doesn't escape Trunks's notice.Trunks: Love you too, Dad.
- To whit, he even offhandedly refers to Trunks as a "filthy halfling" in the most insulting compliment of all time. Comparing Trunks favorably to Broly is still stellar parenting by Vegeta standards. This doesn't escape Trunks's notice.
- What does it ultimately take for Vegeta to finally start treating Future Trunks with more respect? Trunks blasting him for letting Cell absorb 18. What does it take for Vegeta to show legitimate concern for him? Watching him bleed out and die in front of his eyes.
- It is implied in a lot of Vegeta's dialogue that he does care about Trunks and wants his future son to be strong and succeed. The problem is that Vegeta has a very skewed idea of what proper parenting is due to both his own childhood and being a Saiyan, and thinks that the only way to raise his son is to abuse and belittle him so he'll become tougher and stop acting "weak." After their year in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Vegeta is a bit more respectful toward his son, and he genuinely becomes proud of his son when Trunks stands up to him.
- Also, Vegeta had King Vegeta, Nappa, and Freeza as his father figures. One can't learn to be a better parent under them.
- Ultimately Vegeta and Trunks part on good terms, but with Vegeta showing his affection by exchanging flipped birds with his son.
- In Episode 38 alone, he's called Future Trunks a literal bastard, a failure, and a disappointment; twice. In the next episode, he punched Trunks for saying that Goku was stronger than him. The way he behaves, it's as if he's deliberately going out of his way to be a terrible parent to Trunks. Judging from Future Trunks' thoughts about exiting the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and hearing the "first bit of positive reinforcement in over a year" from Goku talking about his hair, said training didn't fix their relationship much either.
- Ax-Crazy: Is quick to resort to violence even when calm.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: "Moostache"
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: He becomes even more insufferable than usual after being crowned King of New Planet Vegeta in Broly Abridged.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Vegeta in the original series is portrayed as a gradually softening Byronic Hero whose villainy was caused largely by Freeza's treatment of him. Here, he's openly, hilariously evil, actively denies any possible mitigating factors from his upbringing, and many of his cruel acts are done with joyful sadism. There are indications that like his canon version, he's slowly mellowing out as he spends more time on Earth and around Bulma and Trunks. Emphasis on the "slowly" there, though.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Shockingly, Vegeta has a moment of this when Cell is killed. In the original story, he wallows in self-pity, being dumbfounded how both Goku and his son were able to surpass him in power. Here, he just waits for Trunks to be revived.
- Adorkable: He has a moment like this in the Broly special when he basically fanboys over the Legendary Super Saiyan.
- A God Am I: He's had this attitude ever since he turned Super Saiyan, once referring to himself as a shining golden god. States it outright in Episode 44, where when Krillin says that Piccolo fused with "God" he denies it because "I'm still here!" Vegeta has actually made this claim in Two Saiyans Play videos before.
- All There in the Manual: An in-universe example - Vegeta hands Jeice one on Saiyans to show him the species' ability to get even stronger after almost dying.
- Aloof Ally: Slips into this at the end of Series 2 and becomes this fully in Series 3.
- Always Second Best: To Goku, just like in the regular series. Episode 39 really drives this point home. Rubbing it in is the last thing Perfect Cell does before breaking his back and beating the Super Saiyan out of him.
- Angrish: Frequently lapses into this.
- After killing Dodoria and Zarbon, Vegeta goes to the spot where he hid the Dragon Ball... it's not there. Vegeta couldn't even speak Angrish properly after that.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: When he finds out that Zarbon didn't molest him, his reaction was to ask "What, I'm not good enough for you?"
- Asshole Victim: He frequently gets beaten within an inch of his life by superior opponents, but it's usually rather hard to feel bad for him.
- Atomic F-Bomb:
- Episode 10 when he's on the wrong end of a Kaio-Ken x4 Kamehameha.
- Episode 18, when he realizes Gohan's stolen his Dragonball. This one's so intense that his unholy screaming can be heard half a planet away by Freeza, across the reaches of space by Goku in his ship, by King Yemma in Heaven, and twenty years in the future by Future Trunks.
- When this is repeated in Abridged Kai 2, Vegeta howls so hard he CRASHES the Adobe plugin... and then plows right through the crash screen, still screaming bloody murder all the while.
- Audience Surrogate: Zig-zagged. In Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged, his reaction towards Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan form is of those who find his transformation to be awesome, but finds his motivation for revenge to be utterly stupid of another camp, and the combined third camp who do like him, but his motivation is that stupid. He appears to be this for Team Four Star themselves who finds power levels to be annoyingly insignificant.
- Authority in Name Only: As Bulma notes, being the Prince of all Saiyans doesn't mean much if there are only two Saiyans left!note Vegeta: Three and a half!note
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: It takes Super Perfect Cell killing off Trunks for Vegeta to express his love for his baby boy for the first time.
- Badass Boast: Both played straight and subverted on a regular basis.
- Bait the Dog: After killing Nappa, Vegeta exclaims that he's so relived to be rid of him that he might just leave Earth alone. As soon as Krillin says "Really?", he drops the other shoe.
- Balls of Steel: When compared to Goku who is knocked out immediately by one dick punch and Retgones Goten from existence, Vegeta's daughter Bulla didn't get erased after being kicked in the dick multiple times. Furthermore, even though he gets repeatedly kicked in the dick by the Meta-Coolers, he still manages to recover at quite an impressive rate to fight back against Cooler. He didn't even need a "handful" of Senzu beans to do it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: A HUGE case of this with Bulma, until they did the deed in Episode 34. Quickly made hilarious when Bulma (and the audience) discover that he has absolutely no idea what a condom is.
- Berserk Button: Anything can (and most likely will) set him off.
- Dragon Ball GT. He kills Vegeta Jr. (one of the Saibamen), and snaps upon hearing the theme song.
- He also hates weaklings and the color pink.Tien: Hey Vegeta.
Tien: Nice shirt.
Vegeta: AND THERE IT IS!
- Almost anything Nappa does has to count too.
- Don't steal his hair style.Goku: Vegeta! he [Super Android 13] stole your 'do!
Vegeta: I'LL KILL HIM!
- Don't steal his lines.Mr. Satan: I AM THE HYPE!
Vegeta: Kill him!
- "Renegade for Life" shows he hates being called "Human" and "Monkey".Job Bot: Hello, human! Welco-
Vegeta: WHAT DID YOU FUCKING CALL ME?!
Job Bot: A true grease monkeyget under the hood and get your hands dirty
Vegeta: Alright, CALLING ME HUMAN WAS ONE THING, CALLING ME MONKEY?! THAT'S NOT COOL! NOT ALRIGHT! HARASSMENT, YOU DICK!
- Insinuating that others are stronger than him. Especially Goku. The latter has been named in-universe as the Goku Button.
- Beyond the Impossible: Vegeta outright violates the laws of physics in Episode 18, where he screams so loudly it can be heard everywhere. Goku can hear it from space, King Yemma can hear it in another dimension, and Future Trunks can hear it 20 years later on another planet. His scream was powerful it just traveled through space, even though there's no air for sound to travel through.
- Big Bad: Season 1 as the main antagonist of the Saiyan Saga.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just like in canon, it was Vegeta's timely distraction that finally helped Gohan kill Cell.
- Big "NO!": Has several of these. Most notable one was the introduction of GHOST NAPPA!
- Blood Knight: A requirement on the Saiyan résumé. He shoots down Bulma's suggestion of murdering the creator of the Androids (although he does love how she phrased it) because he's as excited at the chance of fighting them as Goku is.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Invokes this to Trunks during the Broly movie. He freely agrees that Paragus' actions of kidnapping and enslaving the Shamoshans are 'inhuman', and still approves, as it is 'not in-Saiyan' of him.
- A bit more implicit in throughout the rest of the seriesnote . His behavior towards Trunks note seems to imply that this is actually good parenting to him.
- Bond One-Liner: After making a confession of his defeat on Earth to Cui.[Cui explodes]
Vegeta: God, I love therapy.
- Break the Haughty:
- Freeza makes him cry, "like a little bitch," in Episode 27. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick.
- Episode 52 ends up wounding his pride even further, with Perfect Cell gaining the upper hand and breaking him physically and mentally.
- As has been pointed out, Vegeta is a consistent victim of "Pride before the fall", when his ego hits critical mass is when he gets the smug physically beaten out of him. This has happened with Freeza to Vegeta's belief he had become a Super Saiyan, with 18 when he did become a Super Saiyan, and with Perfect Cell when he reached Ascended Saiyan.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Episode 9. Nappa is being extremely stupid and gave Vegeta a brain aneurysm out of "sheer stupidity", so Vegeta breaks the fourth wall by muttering "9 minutes 18 seconds," over and over. When Nappa asks what happens when they reach that time, Vegeta replies: "The happiest moment of my life". This is the time stamp of when he vaporizes Nappa.
- Breakout Character: Polls have shown Vegeta is the most loved character of the Abridged Series, which shows through how heavily he's featured TFS's side videos.
- Broken Pedestal: When Vegeta finds out that Broly is motivated to become the Legendary Super Saiyan because of Kakarot's crying when they were babies, he finds it hard to maintain respect for him. He then settles for alternating between awe and embarassment.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
- He doesn't even remember Yamcha. Until he recognizes him as "that scrub that got killed by a Saibaman".
- He says that throwing Paragus and Broly into a ditch and leaving them to die sounds like something he would do, but doesn't remember if he did it or not (it was his father).
- Calling Your Orgasms: "Gallick... gun... FIIIIRRREEEEEE!!!" Also, literally fires a Galick Gun when he climaxes.
- Came Back Strong: As in canon, he makes full use of the Saiyan ability to get stronger after nearly dying. He even hands Jeice a book about it as an in-universe All There in the Manual.
- Can't Take Criticism: In The Stinger for Episode 53, Vegeta and Krillin have a laugh together over Krillin's status. It's only when Krillin starts bringing up Vegeta's own humiliating loss that Vegeta stops laughing, and decides to punch Krillin's face instead.
- Card-Carrying Villain:
- Goku just wouldn't get it otherwise.Vegeta: I'M F**KING EVIL.
Vegeta: Don't care. Evil.
Vegeta: Renegade for life.
- It's also used to poke fun at the FUNimation dub's changes to Vegeta's characterization specifically through his death speech).Goku: If it weren't for Freezer you wouldn't be—
Vegeta: Dying? No.
Goku: I was gonna say "evil".
Vegeta: Oh, no, I'd definitely still be evil. If this situation were reversed, this conversation would never have happened. You'd be dead, and I'd be laughing.
- Goku just wouldn't get it otherwise.
- The first to Phrase Catcher Nappa.Vegeta: Goddamn it, Nappa!
- He does not play well with anyone.Vegeta: F*ck you!
- Vegeta does not like kill stealers.Vegeta: Mineminemineminemineminemineminemineminemine!
- The first to Phrase Catcher Nappa.
- Character Exaggeration: While he doesn't get as much as some characters, he's a lot less restrained than his original characterization.
- Characterization Marches On: Started as a Card-Carrying Villain and the straight man to Nappa. While he hasn't really become less evil, his ego and borderline manchild-ness have gradually overshadowed that aspect of his personality, and the straight man bit is practically gone.
- The Chew Toy: But most of the trauma he gets is mental trauma, unlike Krillin or Yamcha. Though his beatdowns are pretty notable. His beatdowns get VERY physical in Cooler's Return, where he is kicked in the dick more than 1,000 times by Cooler's metal clones.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: During the battle with Freeza, Vegeta seems to think that if he says that he's a Super Saiyan often enough, it will be true.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Probably because of all the craziness happening around him, Vegeta's own sanity seems to be weak. Especially in Season 3.
- Compliment Backfire: Averted when Goku admires the pink shirt he loathes, but otherwise played pretty straight. Vegeta doesn't have a lot of coping strategies for positive reinforcement. After emerging from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and spending nearly a minute of taunting and gloating at Goku over finally becoming more powerful than him, he is furious when Goku is merely happy and supportive of his "friend's" accomplishments.
- Cosmic Plaything: Nothing ever goes right for him, and when it does, you can bet there's a Humiliation Conga headed his way. Being who he is, he deserves it, and it is hilarious.
- Country Matters: Against Android 18, he deliberately uses the C-word to insult her. Given his habit of trash-talking anyone he fights against and never calling anyone by their proper names, it's clear that he did so to make her very mad. Needless to say, it worked.
- Vegeta:Now if you'd like to continue this fight, I can finally get around to disassembling you, you smug c-*bleep*-t.*beat* and everyone present standing appalled at what they've just heard.Android 18: *exasperated sigh* Yup! (cue immediate punch to the face)
- When this happens in "Abridged Kai 3", most of his dialogue towards 18 consists of the C-word. 18 proceeds to beat him into a terrified mess.
- Culture Clash:
- He first asks what is soap and tries to eat it when Bulma said it was made of animal fat.
- When Bulma asked if he had "protection" and to wear it when they had sex, he made sure to wear his battle armor.
- He calls Bulma's mom "MILF" just because she keeps telling everyone that's her nickname. When she corrects and tells him that it's now "GILF", Vegeta doesn't get it at all.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Much like Canon, his "fight" against Android 19 is this.Vegeta: Do you feel fear, Android?
- Cry Cute: Episode 27, much like the original, when he realizes that his strongest attack is barely worth Freeza's notice. Almost a Tear Jerker, given Lanipator's amazing voice acting.
- Destructive Saviour: After Trunks describes the androids as humanity's greatest threat, we cut to Vegeta destroying numerous cars and their drivers in his fruitless attempts to fight 18. Contrast with 18, who, unlike in the original series, isn't directly harming anyone but Vegeta.Vegeta: I will kill as many people as I have to as long as you are one of them!
- Determinator:Cooler: He's quite persistent.
Goku: You have no idea.
- Didn't See That Coming: When he finally realizes Future Trunks is his son.
- Disappointed by the Motive: Vegeta is quite upset that The Legendary Super Saiyan (TM) is motivated by a crying baby.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Is a master of this and literally takes things to the extreme for no reason but for his UNYIELDING RAGE!!!!
- The Dog Bites Back: Perfect Cell spent most of the time pinning Vegeta in a verbal and physical beatdown, while completely underestimating him. Vegeta will fire the decisive energy blast that will become the reason Gohan kills Cell.
- Drunk with Power: In the Broly abridged movie he quickly lets his new "King" tile go to his head and make decree after decree, mostly just to stroke his own ego or humiliate Trunks.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Very often, even providing the trope page's quote.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Hinted several times.
Vegeta: Ya ain't special boy. I lost my mama too!....(quieter)It sucks though. It sucks.
- He slips into Tranquil Fury when Cui makes a Your Mom joke, while knowing perfectly well that Vegeta's mother is dead.
- He is once again not happy when Cell makes a joke at his mother's expense when announcing the Cell Games.Cell: And much like Vegeta's mother, I will accept all comers.
Vegeta: How DARE...
- He's also not happy at the end of Krillin Plays Among the Sleep, after Krillin calls a female monster with upright hair "Vegeta's mom".Vegeta: Heard you were talking shit about my mom!
Krillin: NO, VEGETA, NO!!
- On a related note, playing Undertale, he sarcastically gives Toriel his usual treatment, but his tone starts shifting from sarcastically calling Moooom to, "...I miss my mom."
- During the episode of Renegade for life with Vegeta playing God of War initially brushes off Atraeus crying over his mother but then quickly makes a somber comment about what it's like to lose your mother.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is legitimately horrified seeing Future Trunks die in front of him, which motivates him for the first time to act like a Papa Wolf.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- It's more an issue of gruesome spectacle than morality, but even Vegeta is given pause when the Namekians mutilate and cannibalize Guru.
- In a more comedic sense, he's only willing to live with Bulma if there's a pool.
- Also shows enough class not to swear in front of an infant Jesus.
- When he realized that the "Wheel of Death" was being filmed, he furiously asked "What kind of sadistic retard watches this crap?!" Cue Answer Cut to Freeza.
- He was also genuinely surprised when Guldo told him that Burter was gay, but never brought it up.
- Evil Counterpart: Was and pretty much still is one to Goku.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor:
- Vegeta makes a joke about the disabled Christopher Reeve when stomping on Goku's legs.Goku: That was in terrible taste!
Vegeta: Don't care! Evil!
- When he's fighting Android 18, he calls her a washing machine, specifically explaining that he meant to be a sexist crack, not just a joke about her being a robot, and then "a smug c^#@".
- Vegeta makes a joke about the disabled Christopher Reeve when stomping on Goku's legs.
- Evil Is Hammy: Vegeta is the biggest ham in the series without question.
- Evil Laugh: In the second Kai episode, he laughs manically for a solid minute.
- Evil Prince: He is a prince and freely admits to being evil.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: How he realized that Gohan and Krillin used the Namekian Dragonballs without him.Vegeta: Jezus I overslept. It's already night... For the first time since i got here... On a planet with three suns... Oh you MOTHERF-
- Eye Scream: He takes a solar flare and then two hits to an eye in the season 1 finale. By the third time he shouts "Why is it always the goddamn eye?"
- Faster Than They Look: His Oozaru form is this as Goku discovered, much to Goku's horror.Goku: He's getting huge. That means he'll only be stronger. That means he won't be as fas-ohgodhe'sstillasfast!
- The Fighting Narcissist: After he finally becomes a Super Saiyan, as demonstrated when Piccolo overhears his thoughts.Vegeta: Oh God, this feels amazing. First thing I'm gonna do when I get home is step in front of a full-length mirror, strip down, turn Super Saiyan and -
- First Time Feeling: After Trunks stands up to him and thwarts his plans.Vegeta: Huh. This is a new feeling: Pride in someone else. *beat* Unfortunately it's overshadowed by all this UNYIELDING RAGE!
- Fish out of Water: Among other things, he has no idea what condoms or soap are. When Bulma explains the latter as a block made of animal fat, his first instinct is to eat it.Vegeta: BWA! This tastes nothing like what you just said.
- Flanderization: Much like in the original series, his arrogance and ego keep increasing to the point that he shifts from the badass killer of Freeza's entire army to a Psychopathic Manchild.Vegeta: I AM THE HYPE!
- For the Evulz: The reason he wants to kill Santa in Plan to Eradicate Christmas.
- Freak Out!: When he discovers that Gohan stole the dragon ball he hid underwater, he absolutely loses it. He bursts from the water screaming bloody murder, so loudly that it breaks the laws of physics. When we next see him, his eyes are bloodshot, he's talking in Hulk Speak, his perception of color keeps changing, and he's shouting at Ghost Nappa. In the Kai version his scream is loud enough that it causes your flash player to crash, and then shatters the flash player itself. It's so loud, it could be heard on Earth years later, with Trunks hearing it as Bulma prepares the time machine. Becomes a Brick Joke in History of Trunks, where you can hear the scream in the background during the same scene.
- Freudian Excuse: Well, his planet and his entire race was blown up and he's enslaved to the one who did it, but according to him, he'd be evil anyway.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To an extreme. With the exception of Goku, Bulma and Krillin, none of the Z-fighters like him, including his own son. The only reason they even tolerate him is because he's one of the strongest fighters on their side. By the time he gets his ass kicked by Android 18, the others spend time talking about how it was pretty cool to see. Lampshaded in Episode 38:Trunks: How are these people friends with you?!
Tien: Making a lot of assumptions right now.
- Groin Attack: On the receiving end, over 500 times in Cooler 2: The Return of Cooler's Revenge. And considering the Meta-Coolers are, well, made of metal... OUCH.Vegeta: That... was for... m'dick...
- Guttural Growler: Lampshaded in Blooper Special:Lanipator: Why did I have to be cast as the loudest, screamiest, most raspy-voiced character?
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Throughout season 2, Vegeta has been steadily losing his cool more and more.
- HeelFace Turn: During part 3 of the season 3 finale he has a stroke of conscience and attempts to avenge his son. When Gohan calls him out on just now having a stroke of conscience, he actually apologizes.
- Hot-Blooded: Unlike his canon character Vegeta is actually passionate and loses his cool very easily. Also he is extremly enthusiastic even rivaling Goku's enthusiasm.
- Hey, You!: Befitting his more jerkish personality compared to the canon where he at least call others by their name, Abridged Vegeta almost never calls anyone by their name. Often calling Bulma "the woman", Trunks as "the boy", Tien as "triclops" or Mr. Popo as "Black Man". Ironically, the only people that he consistently call by their name in this version is Goku, Nappa, and Freeza, aka three of the people that Vegeta hated the most throughout his life.
- Heroic BSoD: He briefly has one after realizing that Future Trunks is his infant son all grown up.
- Hidden Depths:
- Honor Before Reason: Yeah, no honor to be found from him anywhere else. Nonetheless Vegeta is vocally against the idea of giving Goku a Senzu bean in the middle of his fight with Cell.
- Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Team Four Star has said that if they end up abridging the Buu Saga, Vegeta's decision to give himself over to Babidi will be portrayed as one of these, triggered by his growing frustration at getting "domesticated" by life on Earth.Vegeta: I thought about inviting Krillin over! Krillin! For a barbecue! What happened to me, man?! I used to be cool!
Vegeta: I watched a movie with Yamcha - and I liked it! was a romantic comedy! I had a good time!
- Hulk Speak: Tends to slip into it whenever he's feeling pretty mad, but not quite mad enough to lapse into full-blown angrish.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- After Trunks gets defeated by Perfect Cell, Vegeta of all people tells him to show some pride in losing. And Krillin immediately calls him out on it.Krillin: View must be great from that glass house of yours.
- He gets extremely annoyed by Broly saying "Kakarot" over and over again despite easily being the character to use that name for Goku the most; hell, he even triggered Broly by deliberately saying Kakarot over and over again because he felt it was an insult to call him Goku.
- After Trunks gets defeated by Perfect Cell, Vegeta of all people tells him to show some pride in losing. And Krillin immediately calls him out on it.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He's always going on about the Saiyans being the greatest fighters in the universe, and he's completely and utterly obsessed with becoming a Super Saiyan.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Fittingly for a former henchman to Freeza, Vegeta is a proud graduate whenever he's called on to shoot something at anything less than pointblank range. Piccolo grumpily declares it as a failure to properly Lead the Target. Bonus points for literally screaming "DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA!" while filling the sky with exploding fire on Namek, with not a single shot connecting with either Freeza or the other heroes he almost inadvertently hits.
- Incoming Ham: Always theatrical when making an entrance."I'M BACK, BITCHES!"
- Incredibly Lame Pun: At least once.Vegeta: (after Nappa breaks Tien's arm off) Looks like he's been... disarmed!
Nappa: I get it!
Vegeta: Shut up, Nappa.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Eventually reduced to it after he keeps failing to become a Super Saiyan. And here it's actually giving in to it completely that lets him pull it off.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Vegeta is... not the most secure individual in the series.Vegeta: [As he's beating Kid!Gohan bloody] So what? You think having a dad who's a Super Saiyan makes you better than me!?
Vegeta: [continuing to beat him] Wrong answer!
Future!Gohan: ...he had a lot to prove.
- In-Series Nickname:
- Is called a "Troll doll" by Android 18 and "MC Widow's Peak" by Android 17.
- Goku calls him "Geets".
- Insistent Terminology: He always calls Goku by his Saiyan name, or else he would disrespect his Saiyan heritage. It turns against him with a vengeance in Broly Abridged when he continues to say it despite Paragus' pleadings, triggering Broly's transformation.
- It's All About Me: Goes without saying, really. For a specific example, in Broly Abridged he insists on calling Goku "Kakarot", despite everyone warning him not to and Broly clearly getting enraged by it, because he insists that doing otherwise would be an insult to his own Saiyan heritage.
- Jerkass: Immensely so. He loves to inflict harm and abuse to others, throws insults like a kid throwing candy around, and has no problems with committing child abuse. He makes his original counterpart look like a Disney villain by comparison.Vegeta: [to Gohan, after kneeing him in the stomach] "By the way, I only hit you because I have pent-up aggression against your father. Take that."
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He calls everyone out on their reliance and blind faith in Goku, when the latter is never there when they needed him. Even Piccolo agrees with him.
- He blames Trunks for the Androids defeating him and causing more Androids to appear. Vegeta was being irrational, yes, but he's absolutely right. Trunks entering the past to fight Freeza caused Dr. Gero to make the Androids stronger in the past than they are in the future, he leaves out critical information in regards to the Androids (such as what they look like or where they are), and his Time Machine was used by Cell to travel to the past and wreak havoc on the world.
- When he hears Goku call a bunch of the characters minors, which Gohan realizes he means character status, Vegeta takes offense. Vegeta is of course the only one bothered, but he is not a minor character.
- Know When To Fold Them:
- The end of Season 1, after stopping Gohan's Oozaru form backfires.Vegeta: Crushed and broken beneath an unconscious, naked child. Yep, I think I'm done here.
- Averted in his fight with Android 18. Horribly, horribly averted.
- The end of Season 1, after stopping Gohan's Oozaru form backfires.
- Large Ham: Due to his Hot-Blooded nature he screams almost everything at the top of his lungs and commonly during his sentences it always ends with him Suddenly SHOUTING!.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Overconfidence tends to make him throw himself into situations he can't really cope with.Vegeta: This tactical shit's getting REALLY OLD! Now get out here and fight me blindly like a man! Or... a mandroid.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Oozaru form, unfortunately for Goku.
- The Load: He puts all life at risk just to feed his ego.
- Loveable Rogue: Self-entitled; he describes himself as a "handsome, dashing rogue".
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Calling out the name of an 80's power rock song as part of a threat.
- I'm going to Rock You Like a Hurricane.
- Prepare for a Ballroom Blitz.
- Misery Trigger: While claiming to be stronger than him will make him want to beat you up, proving that you are stronger than him will have him crying... Like a bitch.
- Mistaken for Gay:
- By Zarbon, ironically enough.Vegeta: That reminds me. Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious?
Zarbon: Did I... Did I what?
Vegeta: Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious?
Zarbon: What?! Oh, God no!
Vegeta: Oh, thank God, I... wait. What do you mean by that? Am I not good enough for you?!
Zarbon: I'm going to be honest here, Vegeta. This is sounding really gay.
Zarbon: Not That There's Anything Wrong with That.
Vegeta: Just... Just... Just transform, damn you.
- In Episode 56, Goku misunderstands some ambiguous language, and thinks Vegeta wants to have sex with him after training in the Time Chamber instead of beating him up. He is utterly unsurprised.
- By Zarbon, ironically enough.
- The Napoleon: His being one of the shortest and one of the angriest main characters is noted.
- Jeice: Not that short, Captain.
Ginyu: Oh don't go all Vegeta on me.
- 18 asks if his attitude is just "a short guy thing", and Cell outright calls him "a walking, talking Napoleon complex."
- Narcissist: Taken to an almost clinical degree. Vegeta doesn't notice that people ignore him whenever he starts talking and he's compared himself to both a god and perfection on separate occasions. It's telling that his Sanity Slippage only started after a lowly peasant like Goku caught up with him.Vegeta: How can you be "semi-perfect"? You're either perfect or you're not me.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- In the Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged movie, Vegeta triggers Broly's transformation by constantly saying "Kakarot", refusing to refer to him as "Goku" because it would be disrespecting of his Saiyan heritage.
- Every Christmas, he would try to kill Santa. This caused Planet Vegeta to not have Christmas which lead to Turles' Start of Darkness.
- He allows Semiperfect Cell to absorb Android 18, even stopping Trunks from stopping Cell himself, allowing Semiperfect Cell to become Perfect Cell, outclassing all the current fighters, and upgrading his Apocalypse How rating from Species/Total Annihilation to Planetary Annihilation.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Android 19 an Automaton-o' fun, and Androids 17 and 18 Faggoty Andy and On-the-Raggedy Ann respectively. In fact, Vegeta almost never calls anyone by their given name, more often than not referring to other characters by a seemingly derogatory nickname. "Baldy" was used interchangeably between Krillin and Tien until he got to know them, at which point he started calling Krillin (and Yamcha) "Beta Male" and Tien "Triclops". However, the nicknames do occasionally come in more respectful (if still literal-minded) flavors like when he called Bulma's Mom "Milf" (and later "Gilf", which he found confusing), Trunks as "The Boy", and Mr. Popo was "Black Man" note
- He also took to calling Yamcha the "beta male" when he finally recognized him. Also referenced in the Honest Trailer for Dragon Ball: Evolution.
- Never My Fault: Vegeta tries to make it sound like it's Trunks fault that he lost to the Androids, though he admits his overconfidence (and at the same time justifies it to himself).
- Nominal Hero: Come season 3, he's a hero in the loosest sense possible. In fact, in terms of destruction, he's far more dangerous than the Androids, causing greater damage than they do.Vegeta: [to Android 18] I will kill as many people as I have to as long as you are one of them!
- Not So Above It All: His Only Sane Man status notwithstanding. There are times when he shows he is not as different than the people he finds himself stuck with.Krillin: Who here just thought of Freeza with boobs? [Awkward silence] Really? I'm the only one?
Vegeta: Yes! [thinking] He must never know.
- In Episode 60 Part 2, when Goku dubs Gohan's new form "Super Duper Saiyan", Vegeta thinks to himself that he'll surpass it and become a "Super-Dee-Duper Saiyan".
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You:
- Implied in Episode 36. When Android 19 is about to finish off Goku, you can hear Vegeta approaching in the distance...Vegeta: ...minemineminemineminemineminemine...
Krillin: Does anyone else hear that?
Yamcha: Yeah. It's getting closer.
Tienshinan: And it sounds an awful lot like...
[Vegeta kicks Android 19 in the head]
- Also in Cooler 2 he saves Goku from an energy blast from Cooler.Vegeta: "If anyone is allowed to kill Kakarot, it's me."
- He's also pretty pissed that Goku's heart virus kills him before he could.
- Super Android 13, again, he refuses to let Super 13 to kill GokuVegeta: "Nobody is killing that idiot but ME!"
- Implied in Episode 36. When Android 19 is about to finish off Goku, you can hear Vegeta approaching in the distance...
- Only Sane Man: When compared to the likes of Goku, Nappa, or the Ginyu Force.
- Although it seems his time with Nappa, and Krillin being Krillin is beginning to take its toll on his sanity.
- As of season 3 he has undergone a Sanity Slippage and is no longer anywhere close to this trope, having become a narcissistic rageaholic with a Hair-Trigger Temper. The role of Only Sane Man has now been inherited by his son, Trunks.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Gohan's reaction is "We are fucked" when Vegeta actually apologizes to Gohan for screwing up and nearly getting them both killed.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: What he thought death entailed, only that was just King Yemma tricking him.
- Parental Issues: In Episode 10.
- Papa Wolf: When Trunks gets killed, he has a stroke of conscience and attacks Cell head on.
- He has a heartwarming exchange with Piccolo after everyone else leaves the Cell Games arena.Piccolo: Well, don't worry. We'll go revive your "baby boy".
Vegeta: Fuckin' better...
- He has a heartwarming exchange with Piccolo after everyone else leaves the Cell Games arena.
- Pet the Dog: Vegeta does this while being a Jerkass at the same time.
- Played for Laughs, but he refrains from telling Krillin what Freeza's mother actually looks like because "he must never know".
- He compliments Bulma on her Saiyan Armor that she made for the fight against the Androids saying it's the greatest thing she's ever produced, including their son.
- Admits to Cell that Future Trunks is almost as strong as he is in front of him (then saying it's because Trunks is half him and looks like an eggplant because of Bulma).
- Vegeta has this moment after being attacked by Trunks.
- His entire role in "Plan To Eradicate Christmas". He's considerably less bitter or dickish than in the main series, as he even indulges in Trunks' questionnote and openly celebrates Christmas with the rest of the main cast.
- Phrase Catcher: "Vegeta, no!"
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's a good deal shorter than several characters. Lampshaded by Nail in Episode 18:Nail: Bring it on, all 4 feet of you! Or should I count your stupid hair?
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His go-to insults are usually based on species, gender or sexuality.Vegeta: You (Trunks) look like a fruit!
Vegeta: And not like a homosexual, but like a literal fruit! [beat] Eggplant!
- Played straight in regards to women, however.Vegeta: [To 18] You sure talk a lot of shit for a washing machine. And no, I'm just saying that because you're an Android. I'm saying it because youre a wo-[18 headbutts him]''
- Played straight in regards to women, however.
- Potty Emergency: Used as an excuse to get out of fighting Ginyu, while Goku explains. Later, while taking a nap, he wakes up suddenly shouting "I HAVE TO PEE!" And then later, Freeza taunts him by asking when he graduated from Pull-ups.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
- Against Jeice;Vegeta: G'day, mate.
- And against Ginyu:Ginyu: At least I'm not trapped in a useless body.
Vegeta: Gimme a minute.
- Pretty much all of his dialogue during his Curb-Stomp Battle with Android 19, given that he was giving the Android a "countdown." And it is glorious, starting with this line:Vegeta: [Having just No Sold a punch from Android 19] Looks like you just initiated your self-destruct sequence.
- Against Jeice;
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- Has several in Season 2.Vegeta: Let me put it to you in a way you'll understand: I'm about to blow my load all over your insides [...] No homo.
- And this against Android 19.Vegeta: So, before we put down the clown, let's put it to bed, shall we? Do you feel fear, Android?
Android 19: No. Please. Get away. [Proceeds to understandably flee]
Vegeta: All I needed to hear. One. BIG BANG ATTACK!
- Has several in Season 2.
- Pride: Vegeta's Fatal Flaw that frequently results in him getting in over his head.
- It makes him insanely easy to manipulate, as Cell (whom he could have easily killed at that point) convinces him to allow Cell to absorb Android 18 and reach his Perfect Form, simply by claiming that if he (Cell) were Perfect then he could kill Vegeta easily. Vegeta, naturally takes this as a challenge and allows it.
- This line:Vegeta: [after sensing Cell the first time] Okay, what the hell am I sensing? Is that the Namekian? Is that me!? Is that me stronger than me!? I'll ***ing kill me!
- After coming out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Son Goku made a point to Gohan to not brag about how much stronger they are than Vegeta because it would damage his pride. His pride is damaged anyway...
- Psychopathic Manchild:
- Started becoming one during the events on Namek. Of course, it makes sense considering what Nappa said about why he is a Psychopathic Manchild.
- It's shown he became a Super Saiyan by throwing a temper tantrum (canonically, this actually isn't that far off) and in Gero's own words he's still just a arrogant little brat throwing a fit when he won't come out.
- Pure Is Not Good: As in the original series, Vegeta was able to achieve the Super Saiyan form with a different kind of pure heart. However, Vegeta claims his heart is "pure, unadulterated badass", just after a cut away of him throwing a tantrum.Tien: Yeah, more like pure, unadulterated ego.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Although he hates every minute of it:Vegeta: [Upon sensing Freeza] Son of a bitch!
Yamcha: What, still ticked off about the shirt?
Vegeta: NO, I— well, yes, actually, I'm absolutely livid.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Episode 18, he apparently bursts a blood vessel in one of his eyes when Gohan pulls one over on him and Ghost Nappa shows up to torment him, causing it to go red. The other follows suit shortly after.
- His eyes also glow red in Bulma's rape-fantasy.
- Revenge by Proxy: Parodied in Episode 18 when he knees Gohan in the chest and flies off.
- The Rival: To Goku.
- Sanity Slippage: Being alone in the endless void of the Time Chamber causes Vegeta to begin crazily talking to a figure of Nappa made of a broom and volleyball, a la Cast Away.
- The Scream: He screams a lot. Special mention goes to the one he lets loose in Episode 18, which is so powerful that it can be heard all over the planet, in space, in the afterlife, and in the future. In the second Dragon Ball Kai Abridged episode, the scream crashes the Flash Player running the video and then crashing the crash.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: His view once he becomes "King Vegeta II" in the Broly movie.Trunks: Do you even know what you're doing?!
Vegeta: Don't need to. I'm king.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- After being beaten in Episode 10:Vegeta: Crushed and broken beneath an unconscious, naked child. Yep, I think I'm done here.
- He tries to flee from Freeza while the others are fighting him. Freeza stops him though.
- In Episode 35, when Bulma tells him to get a job and help raise Trunks, he flees into space in a Capsule Corp ship a year and a half before the fight with Dr. Gero and Android 19.
- After being beaten in Episode 10:
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: While his rivalry with Goku is still the primary focus of his hatred, he has a comparatively more civil enmity with Tien. Tien is the only Z-Fighter who regularly insults Vegeta and gets away with it, mostly because Vegeta thinks killing him for something so small means Tien would be the winner in their verbal sparring matches.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He usually swears the most out of all the characters. Even more so in Two Saiyans Play.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As demonstrated perfectly by the man himself in Episode 42: "I mean, have you met me? I'm me! I'm a big deal!"
- Smug Super: To say he revels in having a higher power level than everyone around him is a huge understatement.
- So Proud of You: He finally feels a twinge of pride in someone else for the first time in his life when Future Trunks finally stands up for himself and blows Vegeta over the horizon. It's almost immediately overshadowed by petulant rage, but hey! Progress.
- He flips off Trunks while the boy was on his way back to his own timeline. When Trunks flips him back, Vegeta just smirks.
- Sore Loser: Very much so after he gets curb stomped by 18. He spends the next several episodes as a Super Saiyan out in a wasteland...coping.Vegeta: GOD DAMN IT! SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!
[blows up the area]
- Stay in the Kitchen: Never a huge believer of gender equality to begin with (he consistently calls Bulma "Woman" rather than her name), he really cranks it up in his fight with Android 18, though he may have been deliberately trying to make her mad.Vegeta: You talk a lot of shit for a washing machine. And no, I'm not just saying that because you're an android. I'm saying it because you're a wom—. [Android 18 head-butts him]
- Straight Man: To Nappa, and the others sometimes as well.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Being around Goku and Nappa, it's hard to argue with him. He even outright says it during his first fight with the former.
- Talking in Your Sleep:
- A dream he has while unconscious leads to
- And laterVegeta: First immortality, then the bitches.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Finds out the hard way that Android 18 didn't get the memo on that one.Vegeta: Dammit, woman, won't you let me finish a single sent— OW!
- Tempting Fate:
- Any time Vegeta says "There's nothing you can do about it!"... something's going to get done about it.Vegeta: At least I still have my pride.
[Gets sent flying by Gohan]
Vegeta: Ow! My pride!
- Done to horrifying effect after his trouncing at the hands of 18; he vows that once he's destroyed the Androids, there's nothing left to stand in his way. Cue Cell's entrance in Ginger Town.
- Any time Vegeta says "There's nothing you can do about it!"... something's going to get done about it.
- Terse Talker: Zig zagged during one of his Villainous BreakdownsVegeta: I am here for it.
Krillin: For what?
Vegeta: Dragon. Ball. Need. That dragon ball. Give it to me. One you took. Need my wish.
Krillin: Are... you okay?
Ghost Of Nappa: I think your rage broke, Vegeta.
Vegeta: SHUT UP, GHOST OF NAPPA!
Krillin: What was that-?
Vegeta: I'M NOT CRAZY! YOU'RE CRAZY! ESPECIALLY YOU, NAPPA!
Ghost Of Nappa: Ayy.
Krillin: Who are you talking to-?
Vegeta: Dragonball! Hand now please.
Krillin: Uh... I don't... really... have it.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He has when once he realizes that Broly is the Legendary Super Saiyan because of his absolute hatred for baby!Goku's crying.
- Token Evil Teammate: By season 3, though he often allied himself with the others as early as mid-season 2. He's quite proud of being evil. In Broly Abridged, when he finds out Paragus enslaved a race to work on New Vegeta, he takes back all the mean things he said and promotes him to Grand Vizier.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Remember how Vegeta ended the Namek arc being absolutely ruined and humiliated by Freeza? Well, now that he's achieved Super Saiyan and has become the second most powerful being in the known universe (first, technically, considering Goku is... indisposed), Vegeta is quite happy to strut and preen and act like a huge jerkass to everyone, rubbing their faces in the fact that none of them can do anything about it. ...And then the Android Saga starts.
- Took a Level in Kindness: No, seriously. He's still a massive prick, but as of his beatdown at the hands of Perfect Cell he's shared a lot more comradery and one or two moments of genuine pride with the others. To say nothing of him giving a genuine apology to Gohan and having a moment with Trunks.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves the soft drink Hetap. While Goku seems to enjoy it as well, Vegeta has commented on more than one occasion about his love of the drink.
- When meeting Trunks for the first time Vegeta along with some of the others took some drinks from Trunks' fridge. Later, when vegeta notices that the all the Hetap is gone he angrily shouts, "WHO DRANK THE LAST HETAP?! I'LL KILL YOU".
- Later when a Hetap commercial plays while all of the Z-fighters are hanging out a Bulma's place, a Hetap commercial plays ending with the line "Hetap. Come on, you've killed for less", Vegeta's response is "That's not untrue".
- After Goku shows off his new power from his year of training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he tells everyone that he'll meet them at the "Cell Games presented by Hetap". Vegeta states in a growly voice "That hollow skulled bastard! Now I'm angry and thirsty!" demonstrating that just mentioning Hetap is enough for Vegeta to crave it.
- Tranquil Fury:
- In Episode 10 part 2, after his tail got cut off:[calmly] You know... I thought I'd be angrier, what with the utter humiliation and loss of my tail... Or maybe I'm just so unbelievably enraged that I've come full circle. Oh well! Either way, it's time to put an end to this.
- In response to Cell challenging him to hit him as hard as he could after having just trounced him:Cell: Hard as you can... are we clear?
- In Episode 10 part 2, after his tail got cut off:
- Trash Talk: In every fight he's in, Vegeta will insult and denigrate his opponent whenever possible, adjusting for who and what they are.
- Becomes this towards Trunks in the Broly movie for a while, ordering all of his subjects to address "her" as "Princess Trunks", then laughing at "her" dismay.
- Also, back when he worked for Freeza's army, he made a habit of throwing dog treats at Guldo, he even suggested to Gohan and Krillin to do the same while fighting him, just because he finds it hilarious.
- Unknown Rival: Much to his chagrin, some of the villains like the Androids and Cooler don't know who he is and tend to ignore him.
- Unstoppable Rage: As the seasons progress he is prone to doing this much more than his canon counterpart and will scream in a rage for hours. Also his moment in Episode 18. And possibly his tantrum after losing to 18... though we don't know how long that went for.
- Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to say "god damn it" even without Nappa around. Or simply "goddamn" used in between words.
- Villain Protagonist: He's an unreliable and Token Evil Teammate without question during Season 2.
- Villainous Breakdown: In Episode 10 during his fight with Goku. Part of it is because Vegeta is losing to Goku, the other part is making sense of Goku.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: Of course he has one! He's f*cking EVIL!!!
- Vocal Evolution: His voice becomes less raspy and conveys more emotional range as the series goes on. In contrast with Christopher Sabat's version which kept the gruff, raspy tone throughout his run.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Apparently the reason Vegeta hates his father so much is because he was too busy ruling the planet to spend time with his son, as he brings up when playing the Platinum Demo for Final Fantasy XV.Vegeta: He was so busy trying to rule a goddamn planet. No time for your son, eh, dad? Well, ffffffuck you!
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Really, really does not like worms.Vegeta: They're weird, they're slimy and they don't have bones!
- The Worf Effect: He's somewhat more successful than Piccolo, usually he's pretty successful on everybody he fights up to and including Elite Mooks and the Quirky Miniboss Squad, only to get his butt handed to him by the current Big Bad.
- Would Hit a Girl: He declares that he would not hesitate to fight a woman before fighting Android 18.
- Would Hurt a Child: Gut-punches Gohan for no particular reason, and isn't really bothered when Second Form Freeza tries to get a rise out of him by beating Gohan up.
- You Got Spunk: It seems to be the only trait in others that he respects. He is amused by Nail's snarkery during their meeting and it gives him a modicum of respect for Nail, thinks that Cell's comments are Actually Pretty Funny and says as much, and the first time he feels any pride in or care for Future Trunks is when Trunks finally stands up to him. (According to his monologue, it may be the first time Vegeta has felt proud of any other being in his life.)